Alex Sullivan Memorial Scholarship

Aurora Rise is a nonprofit charitable organization founded in the wake of the Century 16 Aurora theater shooting on July 20, 2012. Aurora Rise was set up by community members to help those affected. As part of our mission, we work to remember those who were lost so we created our scholarship program.

The scholarship will support students that need extra educational support – we understand that in these strange times many students who may not have needed educational support before do now as they navigate a new system involving remote work and more. As such, we welcome students experiencing any kind of educational struggle to apply. The funds from the scholarship can be used in any way to support your education, including but not limited to: tutoring, new remote learning equipment, and more.

The Alex Sullivan Learning Scholarship was created in memory of Alex Sullivan; Alex was one of the victims of the Century 16 Aurora theater shooting. He was an avid comic book reader and movie nut; Alex used comic books as a way to deal with his lifelong struggles with dyslexia. The Alex Sullivan Learning Scholarship is a way to continue Alex’s loving spirit and his determination of overcoming the obstacles of dyslexia.


  1. Scholarship application acceptance period START: 08/09/2020
  2. DEADLINE for scholarship applications is: 09/07/2020
  3. Refer below for eligibility requirements and application process.
  4. Type or print legibly. Illegible applications will be returned to you.
  5. Winners will be notified by email by: 09/14/2020
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Award Component

Aurora Rise will award $1,000 in scholarship funds that rewards students that need extra educational support. We will try to award two $500 awards but we will base this on the applications and need.

Award Criteria:

  1. Applicant must be registered at an elementary, middle, or high school in the Denver metro area (Aurora, Denver, Parker, etc.)
  2. Applicant must provide either a teacher or doctor recommendation.

Application Process:

Applicant must submit the following items:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Letter of application addressed to the Aurora Rise Selection Committee stating their intent to apply for the scholarship and how they would like to use the funds.
  3. Please write a short introduction about yourself and how you could benefit your education by winning this scholarship.
  4. Personal Essay. In your essay, please answer the question in the application.
  5. Applicant must agree to a personal interview with the selection committee in person or on the phone, upon completion of the application.
Personal Essay [500 words maximum] (For kids K-5 the essay can be written by a parent or teacher.) Please write a short introduction about yourself, then tell us how you could benefit your education by winning this scholarship. Make sure in your answer to let us know how the changes in school schedules and remote learning affected your education.
I hereby affirm that all the above stated information provided by me is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I also consent that my picture may be taken and used for any purpose deemed necessary to promote Aurora Rise’s scholarship program.
Please have a doctor or teacher submit a letter of recommendation to to finalize the application.